• Dev Friedlander

Writing Slips

They say the magic of writing occurs during the editing process. I agree I find it not only magical but also amusing as I catch some of my errors. As they also say, to err is human, and at times it is also hilarious. I hope you will laugh along with me as I share some of my all-time favorite writing blunders.


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“From what I hear,” said Zelda. “She is smart, friendly, kind, creative, funny and very neutering. In fact, I believe she and Shifra have already met and are quiet fond of each other."


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“Jimmy smiled to himself, not wanting Robert to know his magical secret. “Where are you going?” Robert asked. Jimmy turned, “I have some perverted business to take care of, you pinhead.”

(This typo was caught by my friend in the seventh grade before handing it into the teacher. I kept the typo for years because it makes me laugh. And yes, I meant private.)


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“Oh,” Bonny said, whipping the tires spilling from her eyes, she hated when it happened in public.


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“I love you, rot.” (this was my daughters, but too funny not to share)


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“He thought her scooter was scooper cool and begged for a ride.”


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“I don’t like being apparent all by myself.” (Parenting can be tough)


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“Rows and roses of bottles and supplements claiming to heal and treat, but they couldn’t treat preeclampsia.” (I guess it’s asking a lot for flowers to treat such a serious condition)


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A man in a beret sweater tapped the mic, “Good evening everyone. If I could ask you to take your seats…” (yes, they do make beret sweaters, which come in gray…which is the word I originally meant)


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“Because if you give him gluteus, it could cause him to have liver failure.” (and glucose is also a problem)


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I filled up the bath and dipped a toe inside, but the water is too hot. She sat on the edge, waiting for it to cool. (Switching pronouns isn’t recommended).


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Everyone loved Barbra Streisand, but their mother could not reach any of the high notes Barbra could sail through. It would be an hour-long hour of screeching. (that’s one looong hour)


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“Such lovely tulips,” Judith sniffed the beta. “And you came just at the right time, my sink has a leak all morning.” (I don’t think it’s polite to sniff people, but the bigger problem might be the sink)


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“She cradled her beautiful baby in her arms, grateful to the sagest who had conceived this miracle.” (or more likely, a surrogate).


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“The Clinic was noisy; the sound of moaning could always be heard at all times. (forever and ever) 😊


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